Ballymena Public Realm
Our vision for Ballymena Town Centre is to build on its existing strengths, to maintain the vitality and viability of the Town Centre, while fostering a positive identity and a rich and sustainable variety of offerings for both residents and visitors alike.
The scheme which is being funded by the Department for Communities, will be delivered by contractors FP McCann Ltd. It will see the upgrade of Bridge Street, opposite the Braid, and Castle Street, from Church Street to the junction with Meeting House Lane, with granite paving and kerbing, new lighting and carriageway resurfacing.
Paving will also be extended at the roundabout on Castle Street and across the front entrance at St Patrick’s Church, to the junctions with Trostan Avenue and Meeting House Lane, providing a consistent and high quality finish of paving throughout the town centre.
It is planned that the public realm works will be phased, commencing on Bridge Street, followed by the lower, town centre end of Castle Street, before continuing to the top end of Castle Street towards St Patrick’s Church.
In an effort to shorten the works programme, it is anticipated that enabling works by Open Reach (BT) will take place at the top of Castle Street, near St Patrick’s Church, week commencing 24 July. The public realm works are planned to commence on Monday 7 August 2023, after scheduled NIE works have concluded, with the last phased section planned to be completed by late November 2023.
For the duration of the works on Castle Street, traffic will be restricted to a single lane, with a one-way system in place from Meeting House Lane to Bridge Street, enabling continued vehicle access to business, public and private car parks.
Businesses along Castle Street and Bridge Street will be open as normal throughout the works and pedestrian access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained at all times.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Silverwood Business Park
190 Raceview Road
Eamon Mullan, Capital Regeneration Manager
T: 028 2563 3528
Gail Kelly, Town Centre Development Manager
T: 028 9335 8229
24 November 2023
Work’s continued this week to complete excavation and concrete base works on Castle St Upper Northern path to tie in with Meeting House lane path. Paving works to this section of the path is ongoing and will continue next week.
Building works to the roundabout section, new planters was completed this week, with copings and cladding works ongoing and continuing next week.
Paving to Castle St Mews vehicle entrance will be completed Monday and Tuesday next week with no vehicle access during this time
Excavation of the St Patrick’s Church entrance will commence start of next week with no vehicle access for the next 1-2 weeks
17 November 2023
Paving will commence again next week to complete paving on Upper Castle St Northern path
New street lighting will be erected and commissioned start of next week on Upper Castle St
Concrete slab foundation will then be placed to remainder of upper Castle St Northern path following street lights
Building works will take place on the roundabout to form the planter beds
8 November 2023
Works has continued this week to complete paving on northern footpath from Elite Light entrance to Dougie Goodies entrance with this area to be fully reopened by tomorrow.
Footway excavation and base slabs on northern path has continued up past Elim Church 1st entrance with paving due to commence on the vehicular entrance to the Elim Church on Friday, this will be re-opened early next week, and will allow further excavation works to the remainder of northern footway, including the Elim Church 2nd entrance, to take place next week.
The Castle St 3 car park access will be closed from Monday morning and re-open mid-week, access to carpark will only be available via Larne Road Link.
27 October 2023
Works commenced this week on excavation of the Northern footpath on lower Castle St, with kerbing and concrete slabs now poured up to the 2nd vehicle entrance. Paving will commence on this same section of path on Monday.
Excavation will continue next week on the next 2 vehicular entrances, with these being paved straight away once ready.
Paving has continued on upper Castle St southern footpath with the majority of this now paved less the vehicle entrances.
The last section of paving on lower Castle St from J&R Keys to the car park entrance is to be grouted over the weekend and this section of path will be fully reopened on Monday.
13 October 2023
Castle St Lower
First section of Lower Castle St southern path is being completed by Friday 13 October and will be re-opened to the public. Final section of paving in front of Keys Tile Shop will be completed by Friday 13 October, and fully reopened at the start of the week. Works will then commence to excavate the opposite footway (northern path) starting at Church St end and working back up towards upper Castle St.
Castle St Upper
Excavation and concrete slab works has now been completed to the end of Castle Upper southern path. Paving works to this section of path will commence next week
Excavation works has commenced to the roundabout island and is ready for kerbing.
29 September 2023
Excavation has continued on upper Castle St on the southern path and has now just been completed to Castle Mews vehicle entrance, including drainage, BT ducting and kerbing works, with the new concrete slab due to be poured Monday.
Excavation will then continue on the remainder of this footpath until the end for the rest of next week.
Paving has now just recommenced and will continue until completion early next week, on Monday evening/Tuesday morning paving will take place on the corner of Bridge St/Castle St to complete this corner and will then continue to progress up Castle St for the rest of the week.
22 September 2023
Paving works this week have incurred delays due to weather and squad availability. Due to this paving delay, excavation works are now continuing on upper Castle St (southern footpath).
The planned works for next week will include the continuation of excavation works on upper Castle St (southern footpath) along the house frontages working from Nr-33 towards Nr-55, including excavation, drainage, utilities and kerbing. Paving works will recommence on Bridge St working from Nr-16 up towards the corner of Castle St junction.
Access to Castle St car park was closed from Castle St on Wednesday and Thursday of this week but will reopen to traffic today.
25 August 2023
The planned works for next week will be the placing of a concrete slab to all of Bridge St footway on Monday & Tuesday, and then also on these days FP Mcanns will be setting up the 1-way traffic management system Castle St, and commence excavation to the southern path on lower Castle St.
The last of the excavations and kerbing on Bridge St has been completed along with the new streetlighting installation.
17 August 2023
FP McCanns will be continuing with works on Bridge St footway and working around the corner to meet the Castle St footway, majority of granite kerbs have now been laid on Bridge St and concrete base slab will be getting laid next week on Bridge St footway.
A lane closure will come into effect on Monday 21 August 2023 from the junction of Bridge Street to the junction of Meeting House Lane from 9am - 4.30pm Monday – Sunday.
In addition we have just been notified of emergency works (Replace Boundary Box and renew pipework to watermain) on Castle Street and the road will be closed to all traffic this Sunday, 20 August 2023 from 8am-2pm. This work is not associated with the public realm scheme but is essential works. Access to the churches and residential properties will be maintained.
11 August 2023
Excavation has commenced of the footway on Bridge Street, with approximately 50% excavated to date. Work has started on the installation of new drainage lines, bottle gullies, new streetlight ducting and BT ducting.
This will continue next week, up to the end of Bridge Street footway. Work will also commence on the installation of new granite kerbs.